Carton House is home to two of Ireland’s finest championship golf courses. Located just fourteen miles from Dublin City Centre, it is as accessible as it is stylish. The reputation and pedigree of Carton House can be seen in its regular hosting of the Irish open. The event has been played there in 2005, 2006 and 2013. There are vast grounds upon the estate, and a large portion of that land has been divided up between two very different golfing experiences.
The O’Meara course, designed by former major winner Mark O’Meara, is a beautifully flowing parklands circuit. At seven thousand yards it is long, but not too long. There are plenty of challenging dogleg shots to overcome. Players will enjoy the splendid woodland wander and, with wider fairways and generous greens to work with, you can survive a wild tee shot here and there. The course does run alongside the banks of the River Rye though, so those wild tee shots will still cause a few problems.
The Montgomerie course was designed by former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, and it really is a course laid out in his image. Laid out in traditional links course fashion, it requires a straight drive from the tee, or a really challenging afternoon awaits you. This is a course that rewards accuracy and punishes erratic play, a style that Montgomerie lives by.
Carton Demesne is home to Carton House Golf Club and the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. This special club has attracted golfers from across Ireland and throughout the world. Golfers who love the game and respect its traditions revel in a club that can truly be called home.